Trump induces ready for his attack on Mueller
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TRUMP MAKES READY FOR HIS ATTACK ON MUELLER
The tale of most outsider presidents who come to Washington is one of learning the ways of the capital and governance and, as part of that, broadening out an inner circle to include more seasoned advisors.
Maybe not amazingly, President Trump is running a different way.
With the deviation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer , we consider the strongest evidence yet of the transformation to a war footing in the White House as the besieged president surrounds himself with hometown loyalists for what he clearly expects to be a struggle to remain in power.
The elevation of Trump loyalist and Wall street insider Anthony Scaramucci to the top message human for the White House is farther proof that the new focus isnt about winning the Washington game but rather survival.
It also tells us whats likely to happen next.
The competing voices inside the presidents inner circle, and maybe within the presidents own intellect, have been whether or not to go to war with special advise Robert Mueller .
This is something of a predictable moment since, as we told when Mueller was appointed back in May that it would be hard to imagine a figure who would perturb Trump more than the patrician Boy Scout Mueller.
If you will excuse us for quoting ourselves: If[ James Comey ] get Trumps goat, Mueller will get the whole grassland.
Trump and his squad have flirted from time to time since then with the idea of waging open war against Mueller, even as more prominent Republicans praise the former FBI director and say that he and his squad should be allowed to finish the performance of their duties.
But as we have also talked about in the context of Trump and the Russia matter, as recently as in regard to his attack this week on his own attorney general, Trump seems to believe that other people suppose and function as he does.
The basic thesis of Trumpism is that the organizations of the system is rigged and that Trump can effectively exploit that corruption for the people of the United States as he did for himself personally in his business career.
If you looked at the world like that, youd presume then that Mueller from his Bronze Star as a marine in Vietnam, across his decades of service, through his appointment by Chairwomen George W. Bush and Barack Obama as FBI director and now as the finder of fact in the Russia probe is a big fat phony.
Mueller is precisely the kind of WASP blue blood who Trump has loved taking on and tearing down throughout their own lives. And now, Mr. Prep-School Prefect is rooting around through Trumps tax returns and business records.
We wont garbage a lot of hour talking about if Trump did fire Mueller, or take steps causing Mueller to be fired. To say that it would close the door to a successful presidency is no overstatement. The second firing of the person in charge of an investigation into your own campaign is a very guilty-seeming act. Doing it to a person who is as esteemed and trusted as Mueller would bring the house down.
The option short of a bloodbath at the Justice Department, however, is to do what Bill Clinton did when he was similarly under siege 20 years ago, and seek to discredit Mueller. Trump is working right out of the Clinton playbook as he tries to turn Mueller into a 21 st century Ken Starr .
Certainly, for the 27 percent of voters in this weeks Fox News poll who said that they strongly support Trump, attacking Mueller in advance of any findings will help inoculate the president when the evidential findings to go.
And for surviving the scandal, it is possible to Trumps only remaining hope.
Keeping core Trump supporters on board as bad news be coming back requires doing just what Trump is doing: Attack the process as corrupted, assault the reporters encompassing the narrative and attack the public prosecutor on the example.
For the persuadable members of the other 73 percentage of the electorate, though, the question becomes whether Trump is a victim fighting against an unjust system or simply a guilty man taking desperate steps to save his own scalp. Is Trump Richard Kimble or Dudley Smith ?
THE RULEBOOK: ALL DRESSED UP
What degree of agency these reputed lawgivers might have in their respective establishments, or how far they might be clothed with the legitimate authority of the people, cannot in every instance be ascertained. James Madison , Federalist No. 38
TIME OUT: Only A TAD
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POWER PLAY: YOUR FORECAST? DELICIOUS BACON
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TRUMP OFFICIALS NOW BACK FINDINGS ON RUSSIA
The Hill: Top homeland security and intelligence officials in President Trump ‘s administration have thrown their subsistence behind the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign, transgressing from the president’s own wariness to endorse the findings. At the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday, Thomas Bossert , the president’s homeland security consultant, said there was no question that Russia had meddled in the 2016 election in comments reported by USA Today. There is a pretty clear and easy answer to that and that is yes, Bossert said when asked if he backed the conclusion from U.S. intelligence agencies. President Trump’s CIA Director Mike Pompeo joined Bossert, asserting that Russia had involved itself in several U.S. elections. Of course, Pompeo told Thursday when asked if Russia interfered. And the one before that, and the one before that.( Russia) has no intention of backing off.
Putins hackers under assault from Microsoft – Daily Beast: Last year attorneys for the software manufacturer quietly sued the hacker group known as Fancy Bear in a federal court outside Washington DC, accusing it of computer intrusion, cybersquatting, and infringing on Microsofts trademarks. The action, though, is not about dragging the hackers into tribunal. The lawsuit is a tool for Microsoft to target what it calls the most vulnerable point in Fancy Bears espionage operations: the command-and-control servers the hackers use to covertly direct malware on victim computers.
Congress likely to tie Trumps hands on Russia sanctions – Politico: Senior Republican lawmakers and aides dedicated their clearest remarks Thursday that the bill would ultimately move forward without changes sought by the White House, potentially undermining Trump’s ability to warm relations with Moscow. The Senate already passed the bill on a 98 -2 vote. And while its stalled in the House amid partisan finger-pointing, most Republicans are joining Democrat to support adding new sanctions while curbing Trump’s power to roll back criminal penalties against Russia.
Special counsel analyse possible money laundering by Manafort – WSJ : Special Counsel Robert Mueller is analyse possible fund laundering by Paul Manafort , Donald Trumps former campaign director, as part of his criminal investigation into what U.S. intelligence agencies tell was a Kremlin-backed campaign to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Sessions wont resign for now, but gets Trumps message – Politico : the president was sending a message, told a Trump adviser who talked with him after the interview making a deliberate effort to convey his lingering displeasure with his attorney general[ Jeff Sessions ], who recused himself in March from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He didnt simply do that randomly, the adviser said of the president.
Report: Spokesman for Trumps legal squad resigns – Politico : The spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal squad has resigned within two months of being on the job, according to people familiar with the matter. Mark Corallo , the spokesman, had grown frustrated with the operation and the warring cliques and lawyers, these people said. Corallo also was concerned about whether he was being told the truth about various matters, one of these people said.
RYAN SELLS TAX REFORM WHILE ON THE ROAD
Boston Globe : US House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pitched the broad outlines of his tax reform package at a sneaker factory Thursday, promising congressional Republicans are more united on that issue than over their ailing health care plan. Addressing local business leaders and New Balance factory worker, Ryan said a simplified, streamlined tax code would goose the national economy, encouraging employers who have sent jobs overseas to bringing them home. The Wisconsin Republican said the tax rates for all employers should come down from roughly 35 percentage to closer to the average across the rest of the industrialized world of 22.5 percent. He said he wanted to eliminate loopholes and, for individual taxes, cut rates and consolidate allowances. Still, contending that the current political climate offered a once-in-a-generation moment, Ryan vowed, Were going to get this done in 2017.
Under fire for resisting health bill, Mike Lee makes back – Politico : Mike Lee hears the chorus of critics, with blamed from the establishment wing of the GOP cascading on the Utah senator for being the Republican that stopped Obamacare repeal. And he’s ready to respond. In an interview in his Capitol Hill office Thursday, Lee said he was willing to be the lone senator to bring down his partys health care bill because it did not do much to stop Obamacare in its tracks. Im not being an absolutist, he told, adding that he didnt need 100 percentage of the law to be repealed. Im a little frustrated by some who are eager and willing to call me out for saying this doesnt have had enough in doing what we promised to do for seven years.
DNC lags behind RNC in June, brings in $5.5 million – Free Beacon
Rumored DNC motto rent straight from Papa John’s Pizza – WashEx
Trump Picks Richard Grenell for U.S. Ambassador to Germany – NYT
Ralph Peters writes about the everyday patriotism of John McCain – NY Post
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
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Let me set it this style, Im glad that Trump is describing all the flame so I can get stuff done. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in an interview with the Wash Ex.
FROM THE BLEACHERS
I wholly understand your debates about the investigation. Here is the problem. What is the crime we are investigating? What Statute? There are no parameters in this investigation. I say again, what is the crime? Jeff Sessions can recuse himself all he wants but he is in charge of the AG department budget, so he would well be in his right to ask what is the crime? What are we spending millions investigating? I think that is what frustrates the President. Doreen Howard , Newmarket, N.H.
[ Ed. note: It is not illegal, Ms. Howard, to feed maple syrup on your cod cakes or set thumb tacks on your bed. There are lots of things that are not illegal that are still not good to do. The special attorney is analyse what Kremlin agents did to influence the 2016 election, and whether any Americans helped them do it. That focus has fallen to Trumps campaign. Those who suggest that the national-security investigation be suspended because of a technicality that colluding with a hostile foreign power to interfere with an American election isnt a black-letter crime seem to express little confidence in the innocence of their chairperson .]
Why would Russia want Trump in the White House? Above all else, they want the president to be predictable. Hillary is predictable; not only that, Russia knows they could stroll all over her. Trump is a wild card; unpredictable and uncontrollable. It doesn’t make sense that Russia would help Trump win the presidency. I don’t hear anybody asking that question. Tom Kilian , Burtrum, Minn.
[ Ed. note: The conclusion of the intelligence community, even now under the Trump administration, is that Russian operatives did, in fact, mean to harm Clinton and help Trump. Now, it is possible that they did not expect their efforts to be successful, thinking they would be left with a weakened Hillary. Some of what Trump has done has been more helpful to Moscow than the stated policies of his 2016 adversary. But, some of it has been harsher towards the Kremlin than Clinton might have been. With Clinton, the Russians suspected theyd insure a continuation and likely a toughening on the U.S. line against Moscow, but with Trump had plenty of reason to hope that he would favor a thaw. Time will tell if whether they made a good bet or a bad one .]
Are there polling data available for only those directly affected by the proposed changes in ACA, omitting those on Medicaid, Medicare or having employer-paid insurance? It doesnt seem possible to present an accurate picture of potential impacts of Republican Healthcare endeavors if those not impacted are included in the polls. Peter Booth , Atlanta
[ Ed. note: Well, Mr. Booth, that wouldnt be exactly cricket. After all, the beneficiaries are not the only ones involved. Taxpayers are surely involved. Everyone with private insurance who sees a modification to markets and regulations is surely involved. Every employee and employer is involved, since the style health insurance is provided is so central to Americas working life. Plus, what about those who arent are participating in an ObamaCare program this year, but might be next year? That is still a long way of saying no issue touches more Americans more intimately than that of health insurance and health care .] Thank you so much for that trail note connect. I swear that that final line in that article brought a tear to my eye. Senator McCain is a hero like no other. He is a patriot and a true American who sets the welfare of others ahead of his own. I will truly never forgive our current president for his cold/ callous and inaccurate terms during the campaign in reference to his perception that Senator McCain was no hero. Dont get me wrong, I voted for Mr. Trump – as the alternative was way too dire to even contemplate. But, I have NO RESPECT for any human being who can be so callous and cold and disrespectful in regard to others – especially extraordinary worthy Americans such as John McCain. I still, to this day, wish with all my heart that Mr. Trump would take those terms back in a sincere and heartfelt apology. Susan St. Onge , Nashua, N.H . [ Ed. note: One of the tests for our words in this life is to consider how we would feel unless they are our last to someone else. Different seasons of life call for different responses and attitudes, so we are not able to always be tender, but when we think about how we wish to be received and hear, sometimes it helps to think about the lasting legacy our remarks might leave .] Mind your manners, peasant! Address his royal highness as King George! I kid; but what are your top 4 favorite King George Strait tunes? You devoted great Tom Petty recommendations, try your hand at this impossible task! Did Dana make you include this? Jack Whiteman , St. Louis [ Ed. note: I will confess that Strait has never been exactly my particular can of Copenhagen, which is why I received the piece absolutely amazing. I personally believe that country-Western is a misnomer. Texas swing and good Hillbilly music are both enjoyable but have about as little in common as KISS and Bob Seeger . The piece gave me a new appreciation for Strait who, if someone does, bridges the gap between two disparate genres. His workmanlike style and approach to his music added greatly to my appreciation .] Share your colour commentary : Email us at
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THERES STIFF COFFEE AND THEN THERES STIFF COFFEE
USA Today: A Texas company issued a voluntary recall after a substance similar to one used in Viagra was found in its coffee, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration notice. Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued a remember of New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after FDA testing seen the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil, according to the FDA. Desmethyl carbodenafil is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FD-Aapproved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction, the FDA said in a statement. The product also contained undeclared milk, according to the FDA. While the New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee is marketed as a male enhancement product, the desmethyl carbodenafil could interact with nitrates in some prescription drugs and maybe lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, the FDA said in a statement.
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES
Look, Trump is altogether unconventional. We knew that coming in. But theres a reason for the conventions. And that is you so undercut an underling that he can’t really function effectively, and thats whats just happened now. Charles Krauthammer on Special Report with Bret Baier . Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here .
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